Can biomechanical analysis be used to improve the design of gardening tools?

In an exciting new collaboration between the Royal Horticultural Society and Coventry University, curatorial staff are linking up with biomechanists to offer a PhD studentship that proposes to research whether tools can be better designed to reduce the injury risk for gardeners. Coventry University will provide motion capture facilities, biomechanical analysis and user centred trial facilities. The Royal Horticultural Society, which is the UKs premiere authority on horticulture, are committed to improving the care for the health of gardeners will provide guidance on the horticultural context. The collaboration hopes to apply the findings to investigate whether better tool design, and possibly modified gardening practices, can improve health of gardeners.

For further information see: www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-students/research-studentships/phd-studentships-in-art-design-media-and-performance/